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Consider getting a jump start on college by knocking out a general education credit or exploring a course in your desired field.

While in high school, you’ll be able to take classes for free and get your feet wet on what college courses are like. Remember, though, your grade is part of your college transcript, so choose wisely and apply yourself! We recommend working with your admissions advisor to pick out the right classes for you. 

Learn more about enrolling in ECAP.

AACC Courses at Chesapeake High School

Students who successfully complete these courses will earn an AACC certificate in business management, business communications, beginning the pathway to completing an Associate of Applied Science degree in business management, business communications. Ask your high school counselor for details. If you're interested in this option, check out the courses below to see what your schedule could look like.

Fall – junior year

On-site at Chesapeake High School (beginning fall 2024)

  • COM-110 – Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 

Spring – junior year

On-site at Chesapeake High School (beginning spring 2025)

  • CTA-100 – Computing and Information Technology (eligibility for ENG-101/101A)

Fall – senior year

On-site at AACC in Arnold or online asynchronous (beginning fall 2025)

  • BPA-111 – Introduction to Business (eligibility for ENG-101/ENG-101A recommended) 
  • BPA-162 – Business Communications (eligibility for ENG-101/ENG-101A)

Spring – senior year

On-site at AACC in Arnold or online asynchronous (beginning spring 2026)

  • COM-111 – Fundamentals of Oral Communication
  • COM-200 – Intercultural Communication    -  OR  -
  • ART-106 – Introduction to Graphic Design





Earn College Credit at CAT-North

Students attending the Center for Applied Technology – North (CAT-North) can earn college credits by enrolling in selected AACPS Career Technology Education (CTE) programs. You then just need to successfully complete your CAT – North program, and earn a C or better on the AACC college proficiency assessment(s).* Grades below C will not be reflected on your AACC college transcript. 

*The Childhood Development Associate (CDA) program requires a grade of "B" or better to earn proficiency credit.

More Opportunities at Chesapeake

You can earn proficiency credit by completing this CTE program at Chesapeake High School:

Early Childhood Education: Child Development Associate (CDA)

The Early Childhood Education/Child Care Services program follows the high school Child Development Associate (CDA) Program of the National Credentialing Program. The CDA is nationally transferable, most widely recognized, credible and valid credential in the Early Childhood Education field. Students may earn the CDA in center-based programs, family child care and home visitors. Students complete 120 clock hours of child development education and 480 hours of experience working directly with children in licensed facilities. In addition to industry certification, students can also earn college credit.

For more information, contact your high school counselor or email Melanie Coleman, Instructional Pathways and Partnerships, Secondary, at

Food and Beverage Management: ProStart

The ProStart program introduces high school students to a variety of careers within the restaurant, food service and hospitality industry. Students will study and practice professional food preparation, preparation of international cuisines, food safety and sanitation, customer service relations, accounting, cost control and marketing, and will receive an introduction to aspects of lodging management. Students will follow the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation industry standard curriculum with the potential to earn a ProStart and ServSafe certification.

For information, contact your high school counselor or email  Melanie Coleman, Instructional Pathways and Partnerships, Secondary, at


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Entrepreneurs Scholarship

$12,000 Entrepreneurs Scholarship for students who want to start businesses.

Learn about this scholarship.